GALLERY | Kangaroo March reaches end in Campbelltown

Campbelltown has welcomed more than 200 people who took part in the 100th anniversary of the Kangaroo March.

About eighty men and women set off on foot more than four weeks ago from Wagga Wagga to re-enact the World War I Kangaroo recruitment march.

By the time they reached Campbelltown on Sunday, their numbers had swelled to more than 200 – just as it had 100 years ago.

Campbelltown MP and former army officer of 10 years, Greg Warren, paid tribute to those involved in the re-enactment and the original 520 kilometre march in 1915.

‘‘All credit to the volunteers who walked in the footsteps of their heroes,’’ he said.

‘‘I think it’s so important that we remember the sacrifice that those service men and women.

‘‘I never went to war but when you sign up as a soldier you march that red line.

‘‘As a soldier you do what is required and what you’re told.’’

Campbelltown mayor Paul Hawker described Saturday’s ceremonies at Mawson Park and the Arts Centre as ‘‘excellent’’.

‘‘Those who attended were really enthusiastic,’’ he said.

A few days earlier residents in Wollondilly lined the main street of Picton to welcome the walkers who were honouring their forebears.

Among them was Michael Fitzgerald whose father, Edward, was one of the original marchers that left the family home in Wagga Wagga.

‘‘I’ve been walking in his footsteps these past four and half weeks,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s been emotional and it’s been an honour.

‘‘I’ve been left glassy eyed many a time.’’


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